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Herring Gull

Larus argentatus or Larus smithsonianus

The American Herring Gull ranges far and wide across most of the North American continent. Breeding occurs throughout most of Canada and Alaska. Herring Gulls usually drink freshwater, but they can drink seawater if they must. Special glands allow them to excrete the salt. In earlier times the “Hering Gull” included birds from around the globe, but have recently been split into six species under some taxonomies; American Herring Gull, European Herring Gull, Vega Gull, Armenian Gull, Caspian Gull, and Yellow-Legged Gull.

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